Personal responsibility… it is almost a taboo subject today. Our failures seem to be someone else’s fault. No one wants to take ownership. However, it wasn’t always that way. On June 6th, 1944, the largest amphibious assault in the history of mankind took place. The fighting was fierce that day and many men were killed. The men who stormed those beaches at Normandy that morning are the champions who helped free a continent. They are the heroes who helped end a war. However, victory was not a certainty. Leading up to the day of the invasion, allied leaders were unsure about the weather conditions for landing and they were unsure about the success of the mission. The decision of whether to launch the attack (and its success) rested on the shoulders of one man.
General Dwight David Eisenhower (A West Point Graduate) was the man carrying the weight of the world. He was the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe. He had been involved in almost every aspect of the war in Europe and Africa for the entire duration. He knew the importance of the invasion. Nothing less than life and liberty were at stake. Eisenhower did not shirk his responsibility. On June 5th, 1944, he penned a letter stating, “My decision to attack at this time and place was based upon the best information available. The troops, the air, and the Navy did all that bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt, it is mine alone.” Had the landing failed, his career would have been over. Yet he never once tried to deflect the blame.
The Bible tells us in Galatians 6:4-5, “But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load.” We are all going to be held accountable (or responsible) for our own actions or inactivity. We might be able to deflect responsibility in this life, but we will surely answer for everything in the next.